Valerie's friend Allan, a man of a certain age who lives in San Francisco (well, Berkeley, actually), asked if we knew about Vivian and Marian Brown, twins of a certain age who live in the City by the Bay. When we said we didn't, Allan told us they have become San Franciso icons, and encouraged us to work at becoming equivalent icons in New York. He sent us a You Tube video, which we happily pass along to you, below. In the meantime, we thought if we were going to be New York icons, we had to start by being seen in iconic places. What better place to choose as our first location than the heart of Broadway, at TKTS (above). (Yes, we bought tickets, a story for another time.)
If you’d like to read a little bit more about the twins,
here’s their Wikipedia link. There are quite a few other videos about them, as well, by the way.
As for Allan, he is very shy, but we're happy to attach this recent self-portrait he sent. Foot surgery (you can't see it, but Allan has a brand new titanium implant in his big toe joint) gives all three of us something very important in common -- Allan can't wear high heels either!
What we're wearing:
Jean is wearing an Ignatius hat (from the Philadelphia Museum Craft Show); vintage Norma Kamali leopard jacket (from Another Man's Treasure at the Metropolitan Pavilion Vintage Show show a few years back); harem pants (from Timbuktu); Lux De Ville patent bag (from Enz); Trippen boots (from A-Uno); vintage glasses (from Fabulous Fanny's), vintage bakelite rings (including one from Sheila Strong's Fool's Gold at The Pier Show).
Valerie is wearing an Ignatius hat, a vintage mouton coat (dyed to look exotic) from the Metropolitan Pavilion, a Banana Republic sweater (thrift shop), Comme des Garcons pants (resale shop), Arche booties (thrift shop).
Vintage Clothing Alert! The Metropolitan Pavilion's 15th Vintage Clothing Show is next weekend: Friday, Feb. 3rd (1 - 8 PM) and Saturday, Feb. 4th (11 AM - 6 PM), February 3-4, 2012 @ 125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues).